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Asbestos exposure in South Dakota is a serious problem that can lead to the development of mesothelioma and related diseases. A local lawyer can help you get compensation to pay for treatments and hold companies accountable for their negligence. Read more about legal options available in South Dakota below.

01. Laws and Regulations

South Dakota Asbestos Laws and Regulations

South Dakota largely follows federal standards, like NESHAP regulations, for the handling of asbestos in the state.

Occupational Asbestos Exposure in South Dakota

A federal OSHA office is located in Sioux Falls. South Dakota doesn’t have a state-approved OSHA plan, so workers are protected under federal regulations. South Dakota State University, however, offers an on-site consultation program for businesses under their Engineering Extension offerings. The program assists employers in making a healthy and safe environment by evaluating the space and providing recommendations to avoid or mitigate potential hazards.

Training and Licensing of Asbestos Professionals in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources oversees the training and licensing of asbestos professionals. Dependent on the specialty, asbestos professionals undergo different training courses. For example, asbestos inspectors must complete a three-day training course while asbestos abatement contractors or supervisors must complete a five-day comprehensive course of demonstrations, lectures, and at least 14 hours of hands-on training. Upon completion of the course, individuals must pass the coordinating examination. The exam will need to be retaken every three years for recertification. Additional certification regulations are specified under Section 31 of Chapter 74 of the Administrative Rules of South Dakota.

Asbestos Abatement in South Dakota

Removal, transport, and disposal regulations all follow the standards laid out under NESHAP, which can be found in Part 61, Subpart M of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Asbestos waste must be disposed of in one of the 13 certified landfills in the state. The South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources’ Waste Manage Program ensures companies abide by these laws.

02. Asbestos Jobsites

South Dakota Sites Involved in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Hundreds of commercial and military work sites throughout South Dakota have exposed unsuspecting workers to asbestos. We have listed below some of the most egregious jobsites and employers who have been named as defendants in mesothelioma lawsuits filed in South Dakota.

Asbestos Exposure at South Dakota Job Sites

  • Aberdeen

    • Aberdeen Light and Power Company
  • Brookings

    • South Dakota State College
    • South Dakota State University
  • Rapid City

    • A. H. Bennett Company
    • Amdak Corporation
    • Consolidation Coal Company
    • Ellsworth Air Force Base
    • Halde and Fleer, Inc.
    • Rapid City Air Force Base
    • South Dakota Cement Plant
  • Sioux Falls

    • Angus Anson Power Plant
    • Eureka Milling Company
    • John Morrell and Company
    • Northern States Power Company
    • Northwest Bell Telephone Company
    • Sioux Falls Light and Power Company

Beyond the list above, asbestos exposure was prevalent at many other work sites in South Dakota as well. If the site where you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos is not on the list above, contact a lawyer to see if the job site where you worked had a history of exposing workers to asbestos.

03. Lawsuits

South Dakota Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Residents of South Dakota who lived in the following cities and towns have filed mesothelioma lawsuits to protect their rights and to seek compensation from negligent manufacturers and distributors of asbestos.

  • Avon, SD
  • Brandon, SD
  • Clark, SD
  • Eagle Butte, SD
  • Edgemont, SD
  • Hot Springs, SD
  • Interior, SD
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Watertown, SD
04. Settlements

South Dakota Mesothelioma Settlements and Verdicts

We have listed below a few of the verdicts and settlements compensating victims of asbestos exposure in South Dakota.

  • $2.5 MILLION: Maintenance – 77 years old
  • $1.9 MILLION: Navy/Carpenter – 67 years old
  • $1.2 MILLION: Construction – 72 years old
  • $800,000: Construction/Mechanic – 71 years old
  • $700,000: Navy Worker/Boiler Repair – 77 years old
  • $600,000: Construction – 61 years old
  • $200,000: Household/Teacher – 53 years old
  • $200,000: Plantworker/Office Worker – 62 years old

Note: Every case is different, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact a reputable South Dakota lawyer to understand how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

05. Law Firms

Mesothelioma Law Firms Practicing in South Dakota

The following law firms have attorneys with significant experience in litigating mesothelioma cases. These law firms either have offices in South Dakota or have filed lawsuits on behalf of South Dakota residents. They have extensive knowledge of asbestos manufacturers and distributors that have caused exposure to asbestos to unsuspecting workers.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney and Meisenkothen is a national law firm recognized for its representation of over 3,000 hardworking men and women who have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma. ELSM’s experience in asbestos litigation spans four decades.

Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.

At The Gori Law Firm, we have handled hundreds of mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of people throughout the United States. This experience allows us to choose jurisdiction in which to file your case based on many factors including but not limited to state of residence, jobsites, and previous and current employers.

Simmons Hanly Conroy

As one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, Simmons Hanly Conroy has a proven track record. Every mesothelioma lawyer at the firm is committed to helping families affected by mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases.

06. Filing Deadlines

Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filing Deadlines

Once diagnosed, a mesothelioma victim has a limited amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit in South Dakota. For individuals who die from this aggressive cancer, their surviving family members also have a limited period in which to submit a claim. The table below outlines the specific personal injury and wrongful death statutes of limitation in the state of South Dakota.

Mesothelioma Filing Deadlines in South Dakota
Personal Injury

3 years after mesothelioma diagnosis

Wrongful Death

3 years after death from mesothelioma

Gathering the evidence necessary to file a mesothelioma lawsuit can be time-consuming, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible. Talk to a lawyer experienced with asbestos-related claims to make sure that you and your family do not lose your right to compensation.

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